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Aunt Lyn’s Newsletter Update
Dec. 2019 v4
Hi Friends!

Whether you are using a reputable breeder, going through a rescue or adopting, the health of that puppy or dog, is determined by several factors;  Genetic background , Environment  and  Nutrition.

We often discuss nutrition and environmental contributors ( household products, contaminants, allergens)  and how these can have positive and negative impact on your pup.
Today we are going to talk about the importance of  knowing the Health History and Genetic Background,  of your dog. 

 In the recent past, only reputable breeders, were able to provided Health Histories;  through testing and obtaining Health Certifications on their line, but now -thanks to advances in DNA and Genetic Testing, dogs of mixed ethnic backgrounds, can also obtain useful insight .

This insight  can give their owners, the ability to watch, test and possibly prevent,  hereditary, breed specific, genetic weaknesses. 

Below are important links you can use, to help the fur baby you already have or the one you are thinking of adding to your family.

We hope you will read this newsletter it in its entirety,  in order to  understand HOW to use these links, which include  online ;
 DNA testing, Genetic Testing . Breed Specific AKC -Breeder Testing Requirements.
Used together these are powerful tools.... 

To Help YOU -Help Your Fur Baby -live a Long Healthy Life ;-) 

 Wiggles & Wags.....
-Aunt Lyn -
First we would like to say that we love ALL Dogs.  It is a personnel choice whether to rescue or adopt.
Often times families do BOTH.  The main  point is we are ALL Dog  LOVERS! 

Below we will cover Rescue and Adoption and what tools are available to You AND how to Use them!

Then what Reputable Breeders  will provide in terms of  certification and  health history of their line,  using the  standard AKC requirements.

These Important Certifications not only help your pup,  but the breed itself.

You see when we use a pet shop, or puppy mill or backyard breeder- they DO NOT provide the basic breed health certification, from the lineage, that the AKC requires of reputable breeders, and when we buy from them - we are supporting the PROBLEM. 

Look we have at least once in our lives, fallen for the puppy and over-looked the person /place selling the pup--and  though we would NOT trade the pup for anything in  the world......

What we want to do is INCREASE the Health, Wellness and Longevity of our beloved companions, by supporting those who have the same Focus! 


And you will see what to look for below! 

Rescue / Adoption and Health Testing

DNA testing has opened the door to being able to identify the breeds that make up your " multi ethnic pup". 

Why is this important? 

Well for several reasons but we will mention two; 

Training- certain breeds are hunting others sporting, still others can be herding dogs, this can help you devise a training path that helps you communicate, on level with their drive and instinct.
This insight can make all the difference.

Health- which is what we are focusing on today. If you know the breeds that make up the bulk of your fur babies genetic background, you can familiarize yourself with the known health weakness.

For Example: 

German Shepherds - can be prone to Hip Dysplasia.
Golden Retrievers - Skin Conditions

Labradors - OCD not like humans lol  but this is canine elbow and shoulder dysplasia.

Every breed has health weaknesses and KNOWLEDGE is KEY!
  • FIRST step is to order a DNA testing kit

We have suggest sticking to reputable companies that have been around such as  WISDOM or EMBARK .   They offer various levels standard BNA to Identify breed upto testing for hundreds of known genetic markers for possible  health conditions .  Cost can be as low as $30 to $175, and they often have saving coupons and promotions.  
  • Order
  • Receive your kit
  • Swab your dog's Cheek
  • Mail back the sample
  • Receive complete analysis in 2-4 weeks
Many people with pure breeds also use the DNA profile - just to double check!
You would be surprised to see that some " pure breed " are not pure.  Again not reputable breeders but pet shop, puppy mill and backyard breeders-cannot be trusted

  • Second Step once your fur babies breed profile is known look up the known health weaknesses.

Start here AKC Health Testing Requirements By  Breed.  
The AKC has reputable breeders test for known weakness. 

NOTE : We are using  the Boxer breed as an example only :

This is what the AKC Health Testing Requirements  for Boxer:
  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • ASSAS Cardio
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Boxer Cardiomyopathy
  • ARVC DNA Test
  • Degenerative Myelopathy DNA Test
Of course with your Adoption or Rescue - you do not have the Health History of your dogs Ancestors, like a reputable breeder provides via the health certifications listed above......
BUT you can take IMPORTANT STEPS -based on the DNA BREED HISTORY- that can help Protect Your FURBABY!

Using the Boxer Potential Health Issue Listed Above - and by working with your Vet you can: 
  • Order yearly Thyroid testing at each physical.
  • Order a baseline x ray of the hip and elbow  (this can be done during a puppy's spay or neuter or an dog's teeth cleaning),
  • Obtain yearly Holter monitor test, and
  • ARVC Genetic test.
Ralphie is a Great Dane and his DNA profile came back 100% Great Dane!  Isn't He a Handsome fella? Thanks Kathy for providing the results on your boys!
Brisco was a known ethnic mix but his mama Kathy was surprised at some of the breeds in this Handsome boy's linage.
  • Use DNA testing to find out what Breeds are prominent in your Furbaby.
  • Look up the AKC Breeder Standards for Testing, to find our the known breed weaknesses.
  • Work with Your Vet to Prevent by monitoring testing
Lastly- there are many advances being made in identifying DNA mutations that can cause health issues. 
We know in Humans that certain  gene mutations  can be linked to Breast Cancer.

This does NOT mean Breast cancer is a certainty, when the gene is present....- but by identifying who has the mutation we can use closer diagnostics to help early detection.
The same is true with our Fur babies and genetic testing.

Knowledge should bring STRENGTH ACTION not FEAR


First when using reputable breeder their purpose is- love of  breed and advancing the health and longevity.

 All reputable breeders will have AKC Health Testing Requirements By  Breed.  and most have more than what is recommended

These are the types of Breeder to look for:
  • Ones who show their dogs, they have champion titles and their dogs are part of the family. They breed their dogs once maybe twice in the female's life, in order to continue the line. Their dogs are their companions and live in their homes.
  • Ones who are very active in the show arena, have champion lines.  They  have litters  not only themselves- but for others in the show  circuit and not every dog can be show circuit  and so they have a waiting list of families who are looking for simply companion pups.    They may have a few breeding age females, who have on  litter a year, and they have  either a male champain stud or they will hire a champion stud. The health wellness of the breed is a priority, they do not tax the females with more than a litter a year. Look for their fur babies to be part of their family and of course  live in their home.
  • Larger “Kennels”  that are well known in their specific breed circuit. You will begin to know them because as you research , you will see their kennel name titled in many champions, and the smaller breeder types listed above with have the kennel name CH. (Champion ) and their Kennel Name in their dog's lineage.  They have their fur babies who live with them, in their home,  but they also have  dogs in their breeding program -who  live in a kenneled environment. Kenneled meaning fine conditions both indoor and out. Heated and air cooled temperature controlled Kennels, for sleeping. They also have large clean indoor and  outdoor runs for exercise and fresh air.
  •   TIP: When walking through a Kennel the dogs should seem happy content, relaxed, some playing w, others resting all comfortably. They will not appear starved for attention but alert friendly attentive and approachable. They listen to the Kennel owners commands and you should see love  respect and a bond between them.
KENNEL :I got one of my beloved boxers here years ago, White Pines. It has individual outdoor runs, they can access as needed from their spacious indoor kennel. Heated and A/C  kennels .To the far back is an indoor Group play arena. 
KENNEL: This is a Rottweiler Kennel that I recently saw- it has an elevated floor with heated and cooled interior, and a beautiful common play area.
  • Lastly – you may find friend of yours who is breeding their dog.  Their dog meets the breed standard, are AKC registered , They know the parents  and  have the lineage health history from whom they got their dog and of the stud .They have  Health Certifications , Thyroid, Hip ,Elbow , Heart.... but they have no champions or show history for their pup or the stud.....
That’s FINE!!!  Just try to make sure you have the AKC Health Testing Certificates and lineage at least back to 2 generations or more because many genetic weakness do not appear till 5 years or older and the parents of your pup are more than likely still young.  

Again we want to Advance the Health and Longevity of the breeds we love.
We want do NOT WANT TO SUPPORT  breeding  irresponsibly causing issues like hip, knees or degenerative early onset arthritis, skin, gastro allergy heart issues , cancers, to be prevalent. 

What Else Should You Look For In a Breeder :

Notice that all of the below has to do with the betterment, health, and advancement of the breeds.
  • HEALTH: Certifying that their breeding stock is health tested in accordance with the recommendations of their breed’s AKC Breed Parent Club. Visit our Health Testing Requirements page to see the requirements for your breed(s).
  • EDUCATION: Promising that they will pursue AKC-provided or AKC-approved continuing breeder education so that they stay educated on the best breeding practices, including advances in canine health.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Agreeing to comply with the AKC Care and Conditions Policy, including inspections by the AKC, and promising to share health testing and continuing education documentation with AKC.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: Accepting responsibility for the health and well-being of the puppies they produce and for complying with all laws regarding the ownership and maintenance of dogs.
  • TRADITION: Upholding the AKC’s tradition of breeding purebred dogs that are happy and healthy.
  • Have a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.
  • Have earned AKC Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on a minimum of 4 dogs from AKC litters they bred or co-bred.
  • Be a member of an AKC club.
  • Certify that applicable health screens are performed on your breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.
The Basics:
-NOTE :  we will use Boxers, as an example only,
however, the links we provide can be used as tools for all Breeds.
-The Pricing examples are specific to the Boxer breed,
 but what to expect of the breeder, regarding low to high pricing is the same.
-We suggest you google average pricing for the breed of interest.
  • AKC Boxers with Champion lines - full  Generational Health History and the AKC Breeder Health Certificates can range from $1200- $1800+. 
  •  AKC Breeder without Champion Titles in parents-full Generational Health History and AKC Breeder Health Certifications will $800 to $1000 on average.
Breeders of Merit and Bred with Heart Members will be at the higher end of the scale $1800plus.
Let's use ZECH, pictured on the right- as an Example:

This is Zech parentage. CH =Champion Title – you may also see show and working dog titles.

In Bh =Basic companionship, HGH = Herding dog, Sch= Schutzhund which has multiple levels.

See Show and Working Dog Titles Here https://www.akc.org/sports/titles-and-abbreviations
This is what you should expect the Breeder to Provide.
Will Include Sire  father's name. His CH=Champion Titles, which can be verified with AKC, the owners name.
The Sire's BH = Temperament Test,  which verifies identity by micro chip or tattoo.  
IP01 is the first level the dog can pass.
The Sire's Parents, their championships and owner of record.

This is repeated for the Dam the mother's name etc...

You can see WHY dogs who have earned these titles cost more, using the Boxer, again as an example, they can be $1800plus.  The Health, the Temperament,of the line is well documented.
Learn about competing, showing and earning titles : Working Dog and Parent Club Titles  

This is Zech's Health Certification using his parentage, and grandparents, as well as genetic testing of  Zech himself.

HD =Hip Dysplasia A = Clear, Hip Evaluation, Clear,
OFA =Orthopedic Foundation of Animals  there motto is Health Tested Parents for Healthier Puppies.
When a Puppy is OFA CARDO or OFC PATELLA ( knee) OFC THYROID they and their parents tests are   Registered and you can look up here to verify:

Visit OFA- Orthopedic Foundation of Animals here- for more insight into what to look for.

DM- Degenerative Myelopathy (heart)  and ARVC (heart) gene mutations can be found through genetic testing.

By not breeding those that carry the gene  mutation- reputable breeders protect the health of the gene pool, help strengthen the longevity and health of the breed.

Now my Boxer Max carries 1 gene for ARVC, the breeder I adopted him from did not test the breeding dogs in his kennel.

I had Max tested,  because a pup from another liier with Max's Sire and dam- had sudden Cardiac Failure from ARVC and Max's mom and father died suddenly in their sleep. 

By using a  simple genetic test I was able to confirm Max carried the gene .
What does this mean ?
Now my Vet and Myself can watch and take preventive action, like halter testing twice a year.  
Max is Neutered- but had he nor been this test would have been enough to NOT breed MAX.

So you can see how these tests can help even your Adult Dog!

Here a few of the genetic testing centers we use . They help all Breeds and you can look up the test you need by, understanding your breeds susceptibility, by using the AKC breeder Testing Requirements by Breed :

North Carolina State Veterinary Hospital for Genetic Testing
Animal Genetic Testing

We like the Veterinary Hospital of NC because they compile the data from their testing to advance the studies of breed genetic health informations.   


In Closing, whether you adopt, rescue or are purchasing a  pedigree pup- we hope you will take the links and knowledge we have provided and use it in helping to advance the well being of your pup to be.

If you already have a Fur baby-- this info and the provided links can help you learn about the health of your pup!  Armed with information- working with your vet- you can give him or her the best care based on their individual health needs.

Wags & Wiggles ! 

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil in its raw form is one of the healthiest fats to consume. It aids in weight loss, increases energy, speeds up metabolism, and boosts the immune system. It also benefits the digestive system and helps memory and cognitive function.

Topically it aids in dry skin and scalp issues. Also promotes healthy looking skin. Coconut has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Many people use coconut oil for medicinal purposes.

In dogs, the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) in coconut oil balances the thyroid which helps overweight dogs lose weight and sedentary dogs feel energetic. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion and reduces allergic reactions. -Dogs Naturally Magazine. Aunt Lyn's Wellness products use the smallest amounts necessary in order to derive the maximum benefits.

If you are interested in reading more about the uses and benefits of coconut oil for dogs, here is a link : http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com

Olive Oil

Olive oil is made from the fruit of the olive tree and is naturally high in healthy fatty acids. Some of the benefits include, promoting a healthy heart, fighting certain types of cancer, and supporting brain health. Olive oil can be used to treat or help prevent diabetes, and it helps balance hormones.

The oils used in Aunt Lyn's Wellness products, whether essential oils or carrier oils like olive oil, are given to the pet in small but effective quantities. use olive oil in small amounts as a carrier for EO's we also feel good knowing that the benefits of our Carrier Oils go far beyond what you purchase our products for.

Here is some further information on using olive oil to optimize your furry friends health: "Rich in monounsaturated fats, olive oil prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It contains oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50% of dogs over the age of 10".

Link to “8 Reasons to Add Olive Oil to Your Dog's Diet: http://www.dogster.com

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil has various positive effects on skin, hair, and health. Mineral Oil can also eliminate ear mites which in turn helps reduce excessive scratching of the ears.

At Aunt Lyn's we use just the right amounts mineral oil to get the maximum benefit from the essential oils. And remember, there are health benefits in the both the essential and carrier oils.

Mineral oil is also well know to treat constipation in both people and pets. While we do not have a blend to treat constipation in dogs, if you are interested in reading further on this subject here is the link that will help: https://www.cuteness.com/article/administer-mineral-oil-dogs#close

Thieves Oil

Thieves Oil is made up of five essential oils, clove, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus and cinnamon bark. It is known to reduce stress, neutralize bacterial and viral pathogens, improve digestion, strengthen bones and reduce inflammation. It is also well known for lowering fever, healing skin conditions, aiding in weight loss and strengthening the respiratory system.

In this case a picture is worth 1000 words .

The many uses of Thieves Oil :

Oregano Oil

Known primarily for its ability to add flavor to many foods, Oregano Oil is also used to treat a number of physical ailments. The herb boasts strong antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

It is often used as a digested and respiratory aid (lessening mucus), and has been used for centuries to help get rid of intestinal parasites. Oregano is known to have powerful antioxidant and anticancer activity.

“In a study at Georgetown University, essential oil of oregano inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria in the test tube as effectively as antibiotics did.” - Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

In nature, dogs would eat herbs and grasses that were naturally and readily available to them, in order to help keep their gut balanced and parasites in check. In today's world - many urban dwellings have no yards and even in suburban areas the landscape is not filled with the raw wild herbs that are needed. This is one reason why more and more people are turning to essential oils - essential oils for both themselves and their beloved pets.

“In one study, 77 percent of patients treated for enteric parasites were parasite free after taking oil of oregano in tablet form for six weeks. At this writing, it has inhibited the growth of at least ten different microbes, including Candida albicans (yeast).”

To read more on this subject click here: http://www.naturalnews.com/027333_oregano_parasites.html#

Clove Bud Oil

Clove oil, derived from the clove leaf is widely known as a herb, but clove oil has many uses in daily life, especially for ailments that typically strike. Some of the many benefits are, relieving tooth and gum irritations, moisturizers dry skin and treats other skin issues, improves blood circulation. It can also be used as an insect repellent.

At Aunt Lyn’s, we use clove oil for all the therapeutic reasons listed above. If not treated, dogs may lick and gnaw on their wounds, hot spots, itchy feet and ears. This does not aid healing. It can actually delay healing and cause infections. Clove in tiny amounts will deter the dog from licking and aid the healing process.

Be careful with using clove oil – and any essential oil – as it must be diluted properly. If you are interested In learning more begin here http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/clove-bud-oil.


Yarrow is a plant that flowers similar to chamomile and chrysanthemum. It contains flavonoids, plant based chemicals that increase saliva and stomach acid which helps improve digestion. Traditionally, it is used in three ways:

Yarrow is a powerhouse with regard to your dog’s medicinal needs. In our opinion, it is one of the best staples to have in your first aid kit and we use it often when blending remedies.

Here are a few of its benefits; antiseptic, anti-Inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, expectorant, insect repellant, and worm expeller.


Ginger comes in two primary forms, fresh and ground. Whatever ginger you choose, you can count on it doing great things for your health. The root is full of vitamins, minerals, and compounds that help your body grow and repair itself, and your brain to stay in tip top shape. The root is also packed with phenolic compounds that improve your digestive system. It is also able to reduce nausea and bolster your immune system. Additionally, it helps relieve muscle discomfort, reduce inflammation in joints, improves cognitive function, and reduce levels of bad cholesterol.

We love ginger for ourselves and our furry friends can benefit too. It can relieve arthritis, bloat, and studies have shown success using Ginger as a preventive in both cancer and heartworm. It is a terrific anti inflammatory and even can relieve nausea.


The essential oil of lavender when applied externally treats joint pain, muscle aches, and a variety of skin conditions including insect stings, acne, eczema, and burns. Lavender essential oil when inhaled can relieve headaches, anxiety and stress. A tincture of lavender taken by mouth can relieve joint pain, depression, migraines, indigestion, and anxiety.

Our canine friends can benefit from lavender in a huge way. Of course, it is one of the more pleasing essential oil scents that also repels certain pesky bugs. Lavender from different parts of the world and different varieties can help calm agitated high anxiety or stress canines.

“Traditional treatments for travel-induced excitement in dogs may be time-consuming, expensive or associated with adverse effects. Aromatherapy in the form of diffused lavender odor may offer a practical alternative treatment …” (Wells, D.L. 2006. Aromatherapy for travel-induced excitement in dogs, JAVMA 229(6): 964–67.)


The Rosemary leaf and twigs of the rosemary plant are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is used as a spice when cooking and also used for fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Traditionally, rosemary has been used medicinally to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. Rosemary is often used in aromatherapy to increase concentration and memory, and to relieve stress.

Rosemary is one of many herbs that when blended properly can repel both fleas and tick. It is also a great spice to add to your dogs homemade food because it can boost his or her immune system.


Turmeric is a spice with a peppery flavor and mild smell. It is extremely popular as a seasoning, as well as a healthy and great remedy for many illnesses. It can help fight against obesity and it is used as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce joint and muscle pain caused by several diseases. It also treats bowel diseases, helps relieves cystic fibrosis, prevents some cancers, helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and protects your heart and liver.

Turmeric is a staple in Aunt Lyn's home, for herself and her dog friends. Turmeric has been thought to prevent cancer, to aid digestive issues, and to help clean teeth by keeping plaque away and bacteria that causes bad breath in our canine companions.


Basil is from a native plant originally from India. It is one of the most popular culinary herbs. While known for its many varieties, it is popular for its distinct aromas that come from their essential oils contained in its leaves. Medicinally, it has been known to help treat common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. Basil can be also used as an aromatic nerve tonic. It clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue, and gives the mind strength and clarity.

Basil is another herb we sprinkle on our homemade dog food and treats. It helps our canines with inflammation, digestion, and fresh breathe!

So add this herb into your precious pet’s food.


Parsley is a surprisingly healthy food for a number of reasons. Having been used for centuries, it is more than just a garnish. It is an incredibly healthy herb that contains a wide range of helpful vitamins.

It is full of vitamin C, which is best known for giving your immune system a boost. Parsley contains ample amounts of folic acid. Foods high in folic acid can help the body regulate blood pressure and produce and maintain cells.

Vitamin K is also found in parsley and is incredibly important nutrient in helping the body respond to injuries. Why?

Because it helps in the clotting process, giving the body a chance to stop the damage and begin the healing process.

Vitamin K has also been shown to help reduce the risk of bone damage and build bone durability. Parsley is known to aid in digestion, can reduce inflammation around the joints to reduce pain and could possibly act as a diuretic.

Using parsley for our dogs enables us to share many of the same health benefits listed above for people.

At Aunt Lyn's we always make sure to sprinkle parsley in our homemade dog food for an immune boost and for fresh, clean breath.


There are surprising uses for eggshells. They are known to be packed with protein. They also contain nutrients that promotes healthy joints, like collagen, chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid. The calcium rich shells can act as a natural supplement for certain animals. The gently abrasive shells can be used externally as an exfoliant. As a household cleaner, the abrasive particles will safely buff away stains and grease. The calcium in the shells can also help your plants grow faster and healthier, and take the bitterness out of your ground coffee.

Regarding our canine’s health, many people make the mistake of feeding their four legged companions either cooked or raw eggs (if the dog is on a raw diet) and then throwing out the eggshell. The eggshell contains not only beneficial vitamins but also helps balance the nutrients in the egg yolk and whites. Not including the eggshell reduces the beneficial effects of the egg and could potentially result in a depletion of the calcium reserve.

Another super benefit our dogs and pups can get from eggshells is the ability to naturally express their anal sacs. Having this occur naturally is always much better then doing manually expressing our dogs anal sacs, ourselves or having our veterinarians do it. Either way it is an unpleasant experience for us and our dog!

So add those eggshells!

Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal powder is an amazing substance and with many benefits. It adsorbs more poisons than any other substance known to mankind. As the absorption ability is one of the major benefits of activated charcoal, this substance is routinely used in hospitals and by physicians. It can do various things because of its ability to attract other substances to the surface and hold them there. This is called “adsorption” (not absorption). The powder is used for many uses such as cleansing the mouth and the digestive tract. Charcoal is used as a remedy when many different types of poisons have been swallowed. Physicians recognize activated charcoal’s benefits and use the substance for several purposes. To treat insect bites, poisoning, diarrhea, foot and mouth disease, disinfect and deodorize wounds, filter toxins from the blood in liver and kidney diseases. Additional uses are for treating acne and skin issues, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, bowel diseases, and high blood pressure.

With our favorite furry canine pet partners, activated charcoal can be used to take the “sting” out of bee stings, fire ants, and other bug bites. It draws out the toxins that can cause a histamine reaction.


Cinnamon has been a major component of alternative medicine for thousands of years. It is rich in nutrients making it a well-rounded food that will ensure your body has what it needs to be healthy. The bark contains a number of oils that provide the body with many benefits. Some of the benefits are that it controls blood pressure, boosts brain function, improves essential colon function, protects against heart disease, improves blood circulation, treats respiratory infections, helps prevent some cancers, reduces bad cholesterol, treats neurodegeneration diseases and alleviates arthritis pain.

Cinnamon is a “hot” oil and you need to be very careful when using on your dog. While all essential oils must be diluted with a carrier oil, it is even more important that cinnamon oil be diluted and not used at full strength.

With the proper essential oil blend, cinnamon can do wonders in keeping fleas and ticks away, and it also help boost the effectiveness in other natural blends in helping with respiratory and or allergy issues.


Two distinct plants, German and Roman chamomile, are both known as chamomile and are often used interchangeably. They both look like miniature daisies and are traditionally thought to possess similar medicinal benefits.

The modern use of chamomile dates back to 1921 when a German firm introduced a topical form. This cream became a popular treatment for a wide variety of skin disorders, including eczema, bedsores, skin inflammation caused by radiation therapy, and dermatitis.

Chamomile in the form of tea is said to reduce mild tension, stress, and aid in indigestion.

A medicinal use of chamomile in pet health is to reduce vomiting, especially pups who vomit when excited. It can also be used in many essential oil blends to calm anxious dogs.


The eucalyptus tree originated in Australia and Tasmania. There are many different varieties of eucalyptus, with somewhat different constituents. The most common type used medicinally is eucalyptus globules. Eucalyptus oil has a long history of use as a topical antiseptic. It has also been used as a lozenge, and with inhalation therapy for asthma, coughs, sore throats, and other respiratory conditions. Other combination therapies containing eucalyptus oil can be found in aromatherapy.

Eucalyptus leaves include tannins which are used for treatment of inflammation. The oil derived from the leaves and branch tips contain cineole, which is a natural antiseptic.

Some additional benefits are the relief of nasal congestion, headache, and overall malaise.

With regard to our dogs, eucalyptus can be used in blends to keep away dangerous fleas, ticks, and even those annoying horse flies


Castile soap contains vegetable-based ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, hemp oil, and jojoba oil along with water, and other essential oils. As they are based on vegetable oils rather than animal fat, pure castile soaps are suitable for vegans.

Castile soap is gentle on the environment as it is free of artificial foaming agents, fragrances, chemicals detergents, petrochemicals, and toxic antibacterial agents.

Aside from its super natural formulation, one of the biggest reasons to use castile soap is its versatility such as a nourishing body wash and healthy dog shampoo.

At Aunt Lyn's, we use environmentally and pet safe castile soap as the base in our exclusive Holistic Shampoo. Together with castile and our proprietary essential oil blend, our shampoo becomes not only a great smelling wash but an antibacterial, antiviral, and bug repealing powerhouse.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. Sourced from the peel of the citrus lemon plant, lemon essential oil is said to offer a number of health benefits.

Lemon essential oil is typically used to ease stress, fight fatigue, insomnia, and address conditions such as acne, athlete's foot, depression, warts, and varicose veins. In addition, lemon essential oil is said to stimulate the immune system, alleviate pain, and promote weight loss.

Some key benefits noted from available studies; lemon essential oil reduced anxiety, was effective in improving mood, and promoted the breakdown of body fat. When diluted with a carrier oil, a drop or two of lemon essential oil can be applied to the skin and added to your bath.

At Aunt Lyn's, lemon is used to ward off viral and bacterial maladies and as a general disinfectant when combined in our essential oil blends.


Dandelion is a Powerhouse Nutritional Source for your Canine:

This nearly perfect whole food source of vitamins and minerals is easily absorbed by the body and is a great supplement to any dog’s daily diet.

Whether you are using to boost the immune or as a preventive or to help a pet with an existing condition like  with Crones, Kidney Stones, Arthritis, Gall Bladder or Heart issues, Dandelion will help eliminate irritants and toxicity.  Have you notice gas, dandruff, skin issues ?

Aunt Lyn ‘s K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend can help - it contains Dandelion and a blend of nutritional support that can help these issues and many more.

Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

Another Powerhouse nutritional supplement that helps canines in  a multitude of ways. Beside providing necessary vitamin and minerals Nettle is also antibacterial, and has antihistamine properties.

Nettle provides nutrients to the whole body without adding excess stress to the liver, kidneys and digestive system. Because of its high iron content, it is especially beneficial to dogs with anemia.

It is also an energy booster for dogs who are weak and lethargic due to chronic fatigue. The herb nourishes the body and balances the liver, glands, and nervous system.

The completely dried herb can safely be used long term as a tonic - just sprinkle it onto your dog's food.

Try Aunt Lyn’s K9 Essential Herb Blend which contains organic Nettle among other nutritional herbs beneficial to maintaining  your dogs  health.

Milk Thistle

Traditionally used herb that is widely accepted by conventional science to have significant medicinal value. It has been called “milk thistle” because of a feature of the leaves, which are prominently splashed with white spots.


Milk Thistle  contains naturally occuring holistic chemicals:

The mixture of these three substances is called silymarin.


Silymarin has recently been advocated for use in pets because the benefits that have been examined in humans have also been approved as beneficial for pets. It can be used in dogs, cats, horses, goats, ferrets, and rodents to aid in liver or kidney damage, hepatitis, jaundice, leptospirosis, and parvovirus recovery.


Milk Thistle is also is a powerful preventive and restorative

First, milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants protect us from chemicals in our bodies called free radicals. 

Additionally researchers have found that milk thistle can actually prevent or reduce medication induced liver damage. If you have been giving your pet medication and are concerned about the aftermath of chemicals residing in the body, milk thistle will help flush those out.


What about Allergies?

If the liver has been weakened due to a bevy of reasons, it is unable to break down toxins. In order to combat allergens, the body produces histamine. The liver plays a role in this process; it removes the histamine from the body. If the liver is weakened and congested with toxins, the liver struggles and histamine builds up in the body, leading to more allergic reactions.

Milk Thistle is also used to prevent and as a curative aid for Pancreatitis Kidney Disease and decrease the effects of Cancer.

This is way Milk Thistle is included in Aunt Lyn’s K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend, along with the other nutrients contained in these proprietary blend Aunt Lyn’s cover the bases on Allergies, Liver, Kidney, Gastrointestinal issues, as well as a powerhouse Immune Booster.



Ginger – Helps Nausea, Bloat, Arthritis, to name a few. Its Inflammation reducing properties are well documented. Studies have also shown it to be used as a preventive for certain Cancers, as well as Heartworm Prevention.

Aunt Lyn’s  K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend includes  Ginger for all its beneficial properties. 

Oregano is a great Herb for your dog and tasty! Oregano is high in antioxidants, flavonoids and research has shown it to have  antimicrobial and antifungal properties. This herb has been used to help with digestive problems both as prevention and a curative for, stomach upset, diarrhea,  gas, heartburn, bloating. Studies have also shown success with preventing or as a curative for some UTI’s .


Yes we know it freshens your dog’s breath but did you know it’s healthy for them?

It is! Mint is a fantastic nutritional supplement because:


Aunt Lyn’s K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend Contains the finest Organic Mint along with a powerhouse of additional Herbs to keep your canines system in optimum Health. Additionally, our Herb Blend can be used as a curative for a host of maladies . Click the link and read how it can help.


Green Teas

You may not know it but all Green Teas are not the same. Some have medicinal properties, whether preventive or curative, that address specific health issues and other green teas address other issues.


Aunt Lyn’s uses several kind of Green Teas, all organically decaffeinated  and each with a specific preventive and/or curative property.


Green tea’s provide anti-oxidants, and can aid with digestive health. Others promote fresher breath or help  with digestion. Other Green tea’s can also help reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. Our Green tea blend  contained in Aunt Lyn’s K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend, targets all of the above but with special properties to address Allergy issue and reduce histamine.

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